Floral bed cover

Texture and two threads

Texture and two threads

As I continued to work on the beautiful Marriage Pillowe late this week, I was struck with the texture of the piece. There is a three dimensional quality to it that is quite different from the other crewel work piece I’m stitching right now. Part of this is because I’m using Heathway wool for the […]


Blah and forgetful

Blah and forgetful

I know we have members of the Unbroken Thread community from all over the world so, before I begin, I’ll explain what “blah” means in this context. Blah means I’m feeling less than my usual creative, motivated and energetic self. Not only am I blah but I’m forgetful. Not a great combination on the first […]


We are so lucky

We are so lucky

Yesterday morning I woke up at my usual “getup and go to school” time. I’ve never been able to sleep late on the weekends – it seems like such a waste of the day. After making myself a cup of coffee, I sat down to do some stitching on the Marriage Pillowe as the sun […]


Leaves galore

Leaves galore

Much of the weekend I was busy stitching thousands of tiny seed stitches to finish the leaves on the Floral Bed Cover. After doing a few more leaves, I decided Rachel’s idea of stitching more densely was a good one and would give more color to each leaf. By splitting the thread of the linen […]


Seeded leaves

Seeded leaves

Seeding and chain stitch. I made the choice for the leaves and so far I’m really happy with how they look. I’ve done chain stitch all down the middle of the vein and seeding from the middle outward to gently color each leaf. When I’ve done all of them this way. I will do a […]


Last flower finished – it’s pink!

Last flower finished - it's pink!

Pink has never been my favorite color. As a teenager I thought it was too “Barbie doll” like and as an adult I found most pinks either to bright or too insipid. Lately, though, I’ve come to like pink and the pinks in the DMC Floche a broder color range are lovely. This last flower […]


Blue flower

Blue flower

The Floral Bed Cover project was on hold for a while when I was in England. However, now that I’m home, it’s time to get back to work and get it finished before summer is gone. There were only two more large flowers to finish before I began to work on the buds, branches and […]


Chain stitch…what was I thinking?!

Chain stitch...what was I thinking?!

Before I began the next flower on the Floral Bed Cover piece I wanted to look at the photo of the design again. The pencil marks on the linen had faded a bit and I wanted to redraw the flower clearly before I began. Here’s a photo of the flower from the original. The colors […]


Pansy

Pansy

This flower on the Floral bed Cover project is probably the most realistic one and combines two of the colors I’m using – blues and yellows. Pansies are one of my favorite flowers to embroider. They always look so pretty when they’re finished and they really aren’t very difficult to get right. This one is […]


Another pink flower

Another pink flower

Now that the colors of the Floral Bed Cover piece are in agreement, it’s time to continue stitching flowers. This one is a pretty pink flower, layers of dark to lightest pink. Each petal is a small diamond shape and all together they look like the layers of petals you might find on a chrysanthemum. […]


Improvement on Floral Bed Cover

Improvement on Floral Bed Cover

It took hours to pick out the stitches. It was tedious. But as I plucked away with my tweezers, I felt a sense of relief. After reading all of your helpful comments, I could see the piece with fresh eyes and decided what I wanted to do. The problem was that there were two times […]


Over the top or just fanciful?

Over the top or just fanciful?

Well, the Floral Bed Cover project is coming along but I’m not sure it’s going to turn out the way I imagined. More about that later… I finished another blue flower today that’s outlined in chain stitch and filled with seeding. It’s very fluffy and reminds me of blue clouds. There will be a small […]


Pretty pink and blue flower

Pretty pink and blue flower

I know for many of you last weekend was a holiday. In the USA it was Memorial Day on Monday, the day we remember those who have died in the wars fought by the USA.  My daughters had picnics and celebrations with their friends and my family got together. Here in Germany it wasn’t a […]


How to: long bullion knots

How to: long bullion knots

Sometimes the needle we use is the difference between success and failure. It certainly made a big difference in the ribbon embroidery I did last week. For the stitches in this flower, the right needle was absolutely critical. You can see from the photo that the needle I’m using is long – over 2 inches/5cm. It’s […]


Colorful spring flowers

Colorful spring flowers

The tri-color rose is finished and I really, really like these three colors together! Just as I guessed, the middle of the rose did eventually transform itself from a 6 pointed shape into a circle shape. I tried to keep going with the stem stitch, but the space was just too tight to do it […]


Floral bedcover: A tri-color rose

Floral bedcover: A tri-color rose

This flower reminds me of a Tudor Rose. The outline shape is the same, with five pointed tiny petals and five larger petals around the outside. The inner petals are six rather than the five of the Tudor Rose and the colors I’ve chosen are different. The Tudor Rose is traditionally red and white to signify the […]


A much better marguerite

A much better marguerite

I am a happy bunny. No, not because Easter has just passed and I’m taking a well deserved rest after delivering all those eggs… Happy because I have fixed those awful, horrible, no good, very bad marguerite petals. Thanks to all of your advice, they are now much better and as good as they can […]


Hundreds of French knots

Hundreds of French knots

French knots are one of my very favorite stitches. They’re quick and easy and they look so cuddly when they’re finished – especially when there are lots of them all together. They add a unique texture to a piece of embroidery in a way no other stitch does. The third flower in the Floral Bed […]


Great advice!

Great advice!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your advice and encouragement on my marguerite petals! Everyone pointed out – in one way or another – that the enjoyment of the process was the point of the exercise. Believe it or not, I did enjoy the process of improving the stitches! Here’s how it looks now, […]


Practice makes perfect – I hope!

Practice makes perfect - I hope!

Progress this week has been slower than I had wished. Lots to do at school coming up to the two week Easter holiday and, frankly, I was just too tired to stitch for very long most evenings. But stitch I did because if I don’t, I miss the calmness it brings. After a busy day […]


Yellow floche a broder: a spot of sunshine

Yellow floche a broder: a spot of sunshine

Yesterday I spent a very happy afternoon stitching in my studio by sunlight. Spring really has arrived and with it longer, sunnier days. Working on the Floral Bed Cover project (that’s what I’ve decided to call it since that was the original use for the design) is a perfect match for the spring weather. Each […]


Spring Green

Spring Green

I look out the window of the train most mornings when I travel to school. It gives me a chance to watch the change of seasons along the track and see how the colors shift slightly from day to day. The light, fresh bright green of early spring gives way to the slightly brighter green […]